If you’ve been following gaming news then you probably already know what this article is about. If you don’t, well, yesterday Activison announced that the versions of Black Ops 3 for PS3 and Xbox 360 will feature “Zombies” and “Multiplayer” only. The explanation they give is that the scope of the singleplayer campaign is too big for previous generation hardware to handle, and they couldn’t replicate it. Of course Activision also announced that the game will go from 59.99$ to 49.99$ for previous gen. The problem here isn’t that they think Multiplayer is worth 50 dollars, but that they consider the story to be worth no more than 10 bucks. In my personal opinion this is unacceptable, it’s obvious they’re trying to milk the last drops of life from the already dying PS3 and Xbox 360. However there was a similar case recently with Mortal Kombat X. After six months of silence about the game’s versions for previous generation, Netherrealm Studios were forced to cancel the release of the game for older systems, because they weren’t happy with the results…
Multiplayer only versions mean aren’t as unimaginable as one might think, because let’s face it, the Call of Duty campaign always feels a bit neglected. It’s the online experience that people are after. What they want is to play Co-op, Online, Zombies or whatever. A very small amount of people would buy the game only for the campaign. Of course speculation rises that Activision is potentially laying the groundwork for a Multiplayer only versions of Call of Duty. Honestly I can see that happening, due to the fact that the Call of Duty franchise doesn’t really have a direction to go to. At this point every era is pretty much explored and it’s only choice is to become a Halo-esque game or make a few more games set in WWII.
But let’s talk about last gen consoles. At this point it’s been almost two years since they’re out, and even though there’s Games with Gold or PS Plus, there aren’t many games coming out for those platforms. However, we’re yet to reach the point where every new game comes out for current gen ONLY, even though PS3 or Xbox 360 have an estimated one year of life before they become completely irrelevant, and like every other company out there, Activision is trying to broaden it’s scope and make the game accessible to a larger audience even though it may be missing the singleplayer version, after all their main focus is money (just like every company out there).
In my honest opinion though, I can’t really see why they wouldn’t be able to bring the WHOLE game on last gen. Sure, they could do a hell of a downgrade and they probably tried that, but a game should have the same features for all platforms, not missing some in different versions. If they system can’t handle it, don’t release it. Simple as that.,,